After a clean - what next?

Having paid out a great deal of money to have his ventilation system cleaned the client is entitled to ask 'what do I do next. This short presentation will attempt to answer this question by way of a series of recommendations based on over 40 years experience in Building Services Engineering. The recommendations that I shall make will cover the following points:

The effect of government grants on the uptake rates of home insulation measures in the UK.

This paper examines historical data on Government expenditure on grants for home energy efficiency improvements, and the effect that this had on the uptake of insulation measures. The analysis focuses on loft insulation, this being the main measure that has been targeted by grant schemes. The paper shows that variations in loft insulation uptake between 197 4 and 1996 were closely tied to changes to grant schemes. Furthermore, there is a clear correlation between the uptake rate achieved and the level of funding provided by the Government.

Estimates of the energy impact of ventilation and associated financial expenditures.

Ventilation is essential for the maintenance of good indoor air quality, although there is evidence to suggest that energy loss through uncontrolled or unnecessary air infiltration is excessive. In this study, estimates are presented for air change (ventilation and infiltration) energy use in non-industrial buildings for 13 countries. Various methods are used for the estimates, but they are mainly based on calculating the total annual enthalpy change needed for the conditioning of air. The potential for reduced energy use by improved ventilation control is also briefly reviewed.

Contractor's marketing success.


Performance of simplified ventilation systems.


The facilities manager's energy primer.


IEA Annex 27: a simplified tool for the assessment of LCC.

Costs are one of the main decision factors for the selection of domestic ventilation systems.This often leads to a ventilation system that just meets the requirements of buildingregulations at the lowest initial costs. Decision makers are often not aware of the impact of thequality of the ventilation system on life cycle costs, not only for the ventilation system itselfbut also for the building, as a result of complaints or even damage due to a poor functioningventilation system.

Economical comparison of comfort ventilation and air conditioning plants.

Continuously rising energy costs, the demand for reduction of CO2-emission and theprohibition of CFC-containing refrigerants create a base for new concepts of air-conditioning(A/C) systems. A primary action must be the prevention of heat consumption and cooling loadby improvement of the building architecture. Additional the efficiency of the A/C process mustbe improved, in order to reduce the energy input.In most cases the target is to replace the dehumidification process, which normally is realizedby refrigerating cycles, by alternative systems.

Future of DCV - What is economically feasible?